The Punishment Of Benjamin

1 Then all the sons of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, came out, and the congregation assembled as one man to the Lord at (A)Mizpah.

1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.

1 All the Israelites from Dan to Beer-sheba(A) and from the land of Gilead came out, and the community assembled as one body before the Lord at Mizpah.(B)

1 Then the entire Israeli nation from Dan to Beer-sheba, including the territory of Gilead came out for war. The army assembled as one united force to God at Mizpah.

1 Then all the sons of Israel from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south], including the land of Gilead came out, and the congregation assembled as one man to the Lord at Mizpah.

2 The (a)chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 foot (b)soldiers (B)who drew the sword.

2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.

2 The leaders(C) of all the people and of all the tribes of Israel presented themselves in the assembly of God’s people: 400,000 armed foot soldiers.

2 The officials of the entire nation, including every tribe of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God: 400,000 foot soldiers, all of them expert swordsmen.

2 The chiefs of all the people of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand men on foot who drew the sword.

3 (Now the sons of Benjamin heard that the sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israel said, “Tell us, how did this wickedness take place?”

3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness?

3 The Benjaminites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.The Israelites asked, “Tell us, how did this outrage occur?”

3 While the descendants of Benjamin were learning that the Israelis had gone up to Mizpah, the Israelis asked, "Somebody tell us how this evil could happen?"

3 (Now the Benjamites [in whose territory the crime was committed] heard that the [other tribes of the] sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israel said, “How did this evil thing happen?”

4 So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.

4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.

4 The Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, answered: “I went to Gibeah in Benjamin with my concubine to spend the night.

4 So the descendant of Levi, the husband of the murdered woman, spoke up and replied, "I came to spend the night at Gibeah, which is part of Benjamin, along with my mistress.

4 So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, replied, “I had come with my concubine to spend the night in Gibeah, [a town] which belongs to [the tribe of] Benjamin.

5 But the (C)men of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me. They intended to kill me; instead, they (D)ravished my concubine so that she died.

5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.

5 Citizens of Gibeah ganged up on me and surrounded the house at night. They intended to kill me, but they raped my concubine, and she died.

5 But the officials of Gibeah attacked me and surrounded the house because of me. They intended to kill me, but instead they tortured my mistress to death.

5 But the men of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me. They intended to kill me, but instead they raped my concubine [so brutally] that she died.

6 And I (E)took hold of my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for (F)they have committed a lewd and disgraceful act in Israel.

6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.

6 Then I took my concubine and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout Israel’s territory, because they committed a horrible shame(D) in Israel.

6 So I grabbed my mistress, cut her in pieces, and sent her remains throughout the territory of Israel's inheritance, because they've committed a vile, stupid outrage in Israel.

6 So I took my concubine and cut her [corpse] in pieces and sent her [body parts] throughout the land of the inheritance of Israel; for the men of Gibeah have committed a lewd and disgraceful act in Israel.

7 Behold, all you sons of Israel, (G)give your advice and counsel here.”

7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.

7 Look, all of you are Israelites. Give your judgment and verdict here and now.”

7 So look, all you Israelis! Speak up and give us your advice!"

7 Now then, all you sons of Israel, all of you, give your advice and counsel here [regarding what should be done].”

8 Then all the people arose as one man, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house.

8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.

8 Then all the people stood united and said, “None of us will go to his tent or return to his house.

8 Then the entire army stood up as a single unit and declared, "Nobody's going back to his tent, and nobody's going home!

8 Then all the people stood [unified] as one man, saying, “None of us will go to his tent, and none of us will return to his home [until this is settled].

9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.

9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;

9 Now this is what we will do to Gibeah: we will go against it by lot.

9 This is what we'll do to Gibeah: we're going to assemble an army by lottery.

9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it,

10 And we will take 10 men out of 100 throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 to (c)supply food for the people, that when they come to (d)Gibeah of Benjamin, they may (e)punish them for all the disgraceful acts that they have committed in Israel.”

10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.

10 We will take 10 men out of every 100 from all the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of every 1,000, and 1,000 out of every 10,000 to get provisions for the people when they go to Gibeah in Benjamin to punish them for all the horror they did in Israel.”

10 We'll take ten men out of 100 from all of the tribes of Israel. We'll appoint 100 out of 1,000 and 1,000 out of 10,000 to supply provisions for the army. And when we reach Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin, we'll punish them for all of the stupid things that they've done in Israel."

10 and we will take ten men out of a hundred throughout the tribes of Israel, and a hundred out of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand to bring provisions for the men, so that when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, they may punish them for all the despicable acts which they have committed in Israel.”

11 Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.

11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.

11 So all the men of Israel gathered united against the city.

11 That's how the army of Israel came to be gathered together to attack the city, united as a single unit.

11 So all the men of Israel assembled against the city, united as one man.

12 Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire (f)tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?

12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

12 Then the tribes of Israel sent men throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this outrage that has occurred among you?

12 The tribes of Israel sent men throughout the entire tribe of Benjamin to ask them, "What is this evil thing that has occurred among you?

12 Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this evil thing that has been done among you?

13 Now then, deliver up the men, the (g)(H)worthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and (I)remove this wickedness from Israel.” But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.

13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:

13 Hand over the perverted men in Gibeah so we can put them to death and eradicate evil from Israel.” But the Benjaminites would not obey their fellow Israelites.

13 Now then, hand over the men those ungodly men, and we'll execute them in order to remove this evil from Israel."

13 Now therefore, turn over the men [involved], the (a)worthless and wicked men in Gibeah, so that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel.” But the Benjamites would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.

14 The sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel.

14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.

14 Instead, the Benjaminites gathered together from their cities to Gibeah to go out and fight against the Israelites.

14 But the descendants of Benjamin wouldn't obey the request of their own relatives, the Israelis, so the descendants of Benjamin assembled from the cities of Gibeah to fight the Israelis in battle.

14 Then the [tribe of the] sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the [other] sons of Israel.

15 From the cities on that day the (J)sons of Benjamin were (h)numbered, 26,000 men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were (i)numbered, 700 choice men.

15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.

15 On that day the Benjaminites rallied 26,000 armed men(E) from their cities, besides 700 choice men rallied by the inhabitants of Gibeah.

15 The day of the battle, the army from the descendants of Benjamin numbered 26,000 expert swordsmen from their cities, not including the inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered 700 special forces soldiers.

15 And the Benjamites assembled out of their cities at that time twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who assembled seven hundred chosen men.

16 Out of all these people 700 (K)choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.

16 There were 700 choice men who were left-handed among all these people; all could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

16 Out of all these soldiers, 700 of them were left-handed and each one could sling a stone at a hair and never miss.

16 Out of all these people were seven hundred choice (b)left-handed men; each one could sling stones at [a target no wider than] a hair and not (c)miss.

17 Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were (j)numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.

17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.

17 The Israelites, apart from Benjamin, rallied 400,000 armed men, every one an experienced warrior.

17 But the Israeli army not counting the tribe of Benjamin numbered 400,000 expert swordsmen, all of them battle-hardened soldiers.

17 Then the men of Israel, other than Benjamin, assembled four hundred thousand men who drew the sword; all of these were men of war.

The War Against The Benjaminites

18 Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and (L)inquired of God and said, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first.”

18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.

18 They set out, went to Bethel, and inquired of God.(F) The Israelites asked, “Who is to go first to fight for us against the Benjaminites?”And the Lord answered, “Judah will be first.”

18 The Israelis mounted up, traveled to Bethel, and asked God what to do. They said, "Who is to lead us in our opening attack against the descendants of Benjamin?" The LORD replied, "Judah is to open the attack."

18 The men of Israel arose and went up to (d)Bethel and asked of God and said, “Which of us shall take the lead to battle against the sons [tribe] of Benjamin?” And the Lord said, “Judah [shall go up] first.”

19 So the sons of Israel arose in the morning and camped against Gibeah.

19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.

19 In the morning, the Israelites set out and camped near Gibeah.

19 So the Israelis got up in the morning, encamped near Gibeah,

19 Then the [fighting men of the] sons of Israel arose in the morning and camped against Gibeah.

20 The men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel arrayed for battle against them at Gibeah.

20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.

20 The men of Israel went out to fight against Benjamin and took their battle positions against Gibeah.

20 and the army of Israel went out to fight the tribe of Benjamin, assembling in battle array against them at Gibeah.

20 The men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin, and assembled in battle formation against them at Gibeah.

21 Then the sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and (k)(M)felled to the ground on that day 22,000 men of Israel.

21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.

21 The Benjaminites came out of Gibeah and slaughtered 22,000 men of Israel on the field that day.

21 The descendants of Benjamin came out of Gibeah, and 22,000 soldiers of Israel fell in battle that day.

21 The sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and struck to the ground on that day twenty-two thousand [fighting] men of Israel.

22 But the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and arrayed for battle again in the place where they had arrayed themselves the first day.

22 And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

22 But the Israelite army rallied and again took their battle positions in the same place where they positioned themselves on the first day.

22 But the army the men of Israel encouraged themselves and arrayed for battle again the next day in the same place where they had gathered the day before.

22 But the people, the [fighting] men of Israel, took courage and strengthened themselves and again set their battle line in the same place where they formed it the first day.

23 (N)The sons of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and (O)inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall we again draw near for battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin?” And the Lord said, “Go up against him.”

23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)

23 They went up, wept(G) before the Lord until evening, and inquired of Him: “Should we again fight against our brothers the Benjaminites?”And the Lord answered: “Fight against them.”

23 From there the Israelis went up and wept in the LORD's presence until evening. Then they asked the LORD, "Should we attack the descendants of Benjamin again?" The LORD replied, "Attack them."

23 The sons of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and asked of the Lord, “Shall we advance again to battle against the sons of our brother Benjamin?” And the Lord said, “Go up against them.”

24 Then the sons of Israel (l)came against the sons of Benjamin the second day.

24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.

24 On the second day the Israelites advanced against the Benjaminites.

24 So the Israelis attacked the descendants of Benjamin for a second day,

24 So the sons of Israel came against the sons of Benjamin the second day.

25 Benjamin went out (m)against them from Gibeah the second day and (n)felled to the ground again 18,000 men of the sons of Israel; all these drew the sword.

25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.

25 That same day the Benjaminites came out from Gibeah to meet them and slaughtered an additional 18,000 Israelites on the field; all were armed men.

25 and the tribe of Benjamin went to war against them from Gibeah during that second day, and 18,000 soldiers from the Israelis all of them expert swordsmen fell to the ground.

25 And [the fighting men from the tribe of] Benjamin went out of Gibeah against them the second day and again struck to the ground the sons of Israel, eighteen thousand men, all of whom were swordsmen.

26 Then (P)all the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remained there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

26 The whole Israelite army went to Bethel where they wept and sat before the Lord.(H) They fasted that day until evening and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord.

26 All the Israelis, including its army, went up from there to Bethel and wept, remaining there in the LORD's presence, fasting throughout the day until dusk, when they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings in the LORD's presence.

26 Then all the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; and they sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

27 The sons of Israel (Q)inquired of the Lord (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

27 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

27 Then the Israelites inquired of the Lord. In those days, the ark of the covenant(I) of God was there,

27 The Israelis inquired of the LORD, since the Ark of the Covenant was there at that time

27 And the sons of Israel inquired of the Lord (for the ark of the covenant of God was there [at Bethel] in those days,

28 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron’s son, stood before it to minister in those days), saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?” And the Lord said, “Go up, (R)for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.”

28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.

28 and Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, was serving before it. The Israelites asked: “Should we again fight against our brothers the Benjaminites or should we stop?”The Lord answered: “Fight, because I will hand them over to you tomorrow.”(J)

28 while Eleazar's son Phinehas, a descendant of Aaron, served before it in those days. They asked, "Should we go out to war again against the descendants of our relative Benjamin, or shall we cease?" And the LORD answered, "Go out, and tomorrow I will deliver them into your control."

28 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I quit?” And the Lord said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will hand them over to you.”

29 (S)So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah.

29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.

29 So Israel set up an ambush(K) around Gibeah.

29 So Israel set soldiers in ambush around Gibeah.

29 So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah.

30 The sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day and arrayed themselves against Gibeah as at other times.

30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.

30 On the third day the Israelites fought against the Benjaminites and took their battle positions against Gibeah as before.

30 The Israelis went out against the descendants of Benjamin on the third day, arraying themselves against Gibeah as they had done previously.

30 The [fighting men of the] sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day and placed themselves in battle formation against Gibeah as at other times.

31 (T)The sons of Benjamin went out (o)against the people and were drawn away from the city, and they began to strike (p)and kill some of the people as at other times, on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, and in the field, about thirty men of Israel.

31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.

31 Then the Benjaminites came out against the people and were drawn away from the city.(L) They began to attack the people as before, killing about 30 men of Israel on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah through the open country.

31 They attacked the army and were drawn away from the city as they began to inflict casualties on the soldiers along the roads to Bethel and Gibeah, just as they had done the other times. About 30 soldiers from Israel fell in battle there and in the fields.

31 The Benjamites went out against (e)their army and were lured away from the city, and they began to strike and kill some of the people as at other times, on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, and in the open country, about thirty men of Israel.

32 The sons of Benjamin said, “They are struck down before us, as at the first.” But the sons of Israel said, “Let us flee that we may draw them away from the city to the highways.”

32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.

32 The Benjaminites said, “We are defeating them as before.”But the Israelites said, “Let’s flee and draw them away from the city to the highways.”

32 Then the descendants of Benjamin told themselves, "They're falling right in front of us, just like before!"

32 And the Benjamites said, “They are defeated before us, as at the first.” But the sons of Israel said, “Let us flee and lure them away from the city to the highways.”

33 Then all the men of Israel arose from their place and arrayed themselves at Baal-tamar; (U)and the men of Israel in ambush broke out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba.

33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baaltamar: and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah.

33 So all the men of Israel got up from their places and took their battle positions at Baal-tamar, while the Israelites in ambush charged out of their places west of(a) Geba.(M)

33 But the army of Israel told themselves, "Let's draw them away by escaping to the highways from the city." So the entire army of Israel moved from their location and arrayed themselves at Baal-tamer while that part of their army moved from their ambush positions from Maareh-geba.

33 Then all the men of Israel got up from their places and placed themselves in battle formation at Baal-tamar; and the men of Israel [who were] in ambush rushed from their place in the plain of Maareh-geba.

34 When ten thousand choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, the battle became (q)fierce; (V)but (r)Benjamin did not know that (s)disaster was (t)close to them.

34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil was near them.

34 Then 10,000 choice men from all Israel made a frontal assault against Gibeah, and the battle was fierce, but the Benjaminites did not know that disaster was about to strike them.

34 As 10,000 of Israel's best soldiers came to fight Gibeah, the battle became fierce, but the army of Benjamin didn't know that disaster was close at hand.

34 When the ten thousand choice [fighting] men from all Israel came against Gibeah, the battle was hard and fierce; but the Benjamites did not realize that disaster was about to strike them.

35 And the Lord struck Benjamin before Israel, so that the sons of Israel destroyed 25,100 men of Benjamin that day, all (u)who draw the sword.

35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.

35 The Lord defeated Benjamin in the presence of Israel, and on that day the Israelites slaughtered 25,100 men of Benjamin; all were armed men.

35 The LORD struck Benjamin in the full view of Israel. As a result, the Israelis destroyed 25,100 soldiers of Benjamin that day, all expert swordsmen.

35 And the Lord struck down [the tribe of] Benjamin before Israel, so that the sons of Israel destroyed twenty-five thousand one hundred men of Benjamin that day, all of whom were swordsmen.

36 So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were (v)defeated. (W)When the men of Israel gave (w)ground to Benjamin because they relied on the men in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah,

36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.

36 Then the Benjaminites realized they had been defeated.The men of Israel had retreated before Benjamin, because they were confident in the ambush they had set against Gibeah.

36 Then the descendants of Benjamin realized that they had been defeated. The army of Israel pretended to retreat from the army of Benjamin, knowing that they had set some soldiers in ambush near Gibeah.

36 So the Benjamites realized that they were defeated. Then men of Israel gave ground to the Benjamites, because they relied on the men in ambush whom they had placed against Gibeah.

How The Israelites Won

37 (X)the men in ambush hurried and rushed against Gibeah; the men in ambush also deployed and struck all the city with the edge of the sword.

37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.

37 The men in ambush had rushed quickly against Gibeah; they advanced and put the whole city to the sword.

37 The soldiers in ambush rushed out to attack Gibeah, deploying in force and executing the entire city with swords.

37 Then the men in ambush quickly rushed and attacked Gibeah; and the men in ambush also deployed and struck the entire city with the edge of the sword.

38 Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was (Y)that they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city.

38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city.

38 The men of Israel had a prearranged signal with the men in ambush: when they sent up a great cloud of smoke from the city,

38 Meanwhile, the army of Israel had arranged to signal their soldiers who had been hiding in ambush by sending up a cloud of smoke from the city.

38 Now the appointed signal between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city.

39 Then the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike (x)and kill about thirty men of Israel, (Z)for they said, “Surely they are (y)defeated before us, as in the first battle.”

39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.

39 the men of Israel would return to the battle. When Benjamin had begun to strike them down, killing about 30 men of Israel, they said, “They’re defeated before us, just as they were in the first battle.”(N)

39 The army of Israel turned around in the battle, and the army of Benjamin began to attack and kill about 30 soldiers, thinking, "Now we're really defeating them, just like before."

39 So the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike and kill about thirty men of Israel, for they said, “Certainly they are defeated before us as in the first battle!”

40 But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, Benjamin looked (AA)behind them; and behold, the whole city was going up in smoke to heaven.

40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.

40 But when the column of smoke began to go up from the city, Benjamin looked behind them, and the whole city was going up in smoke.(b)

40 But then the smoke began to rise from the city in a column. The army of Benjamin observed behind them that the whole city was going up in flames straight into the sky!

40 But when the [signal] cloud began to rise out of the city in a column of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them; and behold, the entire city went up in smoke to heaven.

41 Then the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified; for they saw that (z)(AB)disaster was (aa)close to them.

41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.

41 Then the men of Israel returned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified when they realized that disaster had struck them.

41 At that point, as the army of Israel turned back to face the army of Benjamin, the army of Benjamin was filled with terror, because they realized that disaster was about to overtake them.

41 When the men of Israel turned back again, the men of Benjamin were terrified, for they saw that disaster had fallen upon them.

42 Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel (AC)toward the direction of the wilderness, but the battle overtook them while those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of them.

42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them.

42 They retreated before the men of Israel toward the wilderness,(O) but the battle overtook them, and those who came out of the cities(c) slaughtered those between them.

42 So they turned tail and ran away from the army of Israel toward the wilderness, but they were overtaken in battle when soldiers came out from the cities to destroy them.

42 Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel [and fled] toward the direction of the wilderness, but the battle followed and overtook them. As the [fighting men of the] sons of Benjamin ran among them, the Israelites of the cities came out and destroyed them.

43 (AD)They surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest and trod them down opposite Gibeah toward the (ab)east.

43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising.

43 They surrounded the Benjaminites, pursued them, and easily overtook them near Gibeah toward the east.

43 They surrounded the army of Benjamin, pursuing them ceaselessly until they defeated them near the east-facing border of Gibeah.

43 They surrounded [the men of] Benjamin, pursued them relentlessly, and overtook them opposite Gibeah toward the east.

44 Thus 18,000 men of Benjamin fell; all these were valiant warriors.

44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.

44 There were 18,000 men who died from Benjamin; all were warriors.

44 That's how 18,000 men from the tribe of Benjamin fell in battle, all of whom were valiant soldiers.

44 Thus eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell, all of these brave and able warriors.

45 (ac)The rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of (AE)Rimmon, but they (ad)caught 5,000 of them on the highways and overtook them (ae)at Gidom and (af)killed 2,000 of them.

45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.

45 Then Benjamin turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon,(P) and Israel killed 5,000 men on the highways. They overtook them at Gidom and struck 2,000 more dead.

45 The rest of them turned and ran into the wilderness in the direction of the rock of Rimmon, but 5,000 of them were killed on the highways while 2,000 of them were overtaken and killed near Gidom.

45 The survivors [of Benjamin] turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and Israel caught five thousand of them on the roads and overtook them at Gidom and killed two thousand of them.

46 So all of Benjamin who fell that day were 25,000 men who draw the sword; all these were valiant warriors.

46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.

46 All the Benjaminites who died that day were 25,000 armed men; all were warriors.

46 To sum up, the soldiers from the tribe of Benjamin who died that day totaled 25,000 men, all of them expert swordsmen and valiant soldiers.

46 So all of Benjamin who fell that day were twenty-five thousand men who drew the sword, all of them brave and able warriors.

47 But 600 men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock of Rimmon four months.

47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.

47 But 600 men escaped into the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon and stayed there four months.

47 However, 600 soldiers ran into the wilderness in the direction of the rock of Rimmon, where they remained as fugitives for four months.

47 But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon and stayed at the rock of Rimmon for four months.

48 The men of Israel then turned back against the sons of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city with the cattle and all that they found; they also set on fire all the cities which they found.

48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to.

48 The men of Israel turned back against the other Benjaminites and killed them with their swords—the entire city, the animals, and everything that remained. They also burned down all the cities that remained.

48 Meanwhile, the army of Israel went back to fight the surviving descendants of Benjamin. They attacked the entire city with swords, including its cattle and everyone they could find. Then they set fire to all of the cities that they could find.

48 The men of Israel turned back against [the tribe of] the sons of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city [of Gibeah] and the livestock and all that they found. They also set on fire all the [surrounding] towns which they found.

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